Engineering Transactions, 52, 1-2, pp. 37–55, 2004

Vibro-Impact Motion of Heavily Loaded Compact Hard Bodies

Z. Kowalska
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, PAS

In the paper, the particular problems of modelling and simulation of dynamic unilateral contact of compact hard bodies are considered. Special attention is given to the rolling contact of bodies with irregular rolling surfaces. Due to inertia of the bodies and large but finite contact stiffness, contact vibrations arise and transient contact discontinuities may occur. In the developed algorithms, Hertzian model of contact is used within the elastic range. Two different quasi-static models of contact are used whenever during simulation the dynamic contact force exceeds its limiting value for the first plastic flow. The modelling problems considered herein are related mainly to the wheel/rail normal contact in rail transport. On the basis of simulations, plastic deformations resulting from free excessive vertical oscillations are proposed as one of the possible causes of rail and wheel corrugations.
Keywords: vibro-impact motion; wheel/rail sy
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DOI: 10.24423/engtrans.468.2004